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Diabetes During The Holidays

Pomerene Marketing - Tuesday, November 13, 2018
It’s November, the season for turkey, pumpkin pie, and Christmas cookies! Holidays are an opportunity to catch up with friends and family but the focus on food and eating during this season can be very challenging toward ones health. November is also National Diabetes Month. In the United States 30.3 million people have diabetes-that is 9.4% of the population! To manage your diabetes this holiday season here are a few tips:
 
  • 1. Because of busy schedules, many families eat large meals at odd times on holidays. For example, Thanksgiving dinner may be served as a late lunch at 1 or 2 pm. Prepare ahead of time how you may need to adjust if this meal does not line up with your usual schedule. If you take insulin or a pill that lowers blood glucose, you may need to have a snack at your normal meal time to prevent a low blood glucose.

  • 2. Most Holiday feasts offer an abundance of carbohydrate rich foods so be mindful of your portion sizes. If you can't decide on three or four servings of carbohydrate foods, take very small portions of several dishes. Try to keep your total carbohydrate intake similar to a normal day.

  • 3. Non-starchy vegetables are low in carbohydrates as well as calories. They will help you to feel full without over eating other high-calorie and high-fat foods.

  • 4. Physical activity is the best way to make up for eating more than usual. Start a new tradition that involves staying active. Take a post meal walk with the family, play a game of football or frisbee.

  • 5. Make sure you are getting enough sleep as sleep deprivation is associated with higher blood sugar levels, increased hunger, decreased problem solving and increased likelihood of illness.
For more information or questions you may have please contact our Diabetes Education department.
Andrea Jenei, Diabetes Coordinator
330-674-1584 x 1023


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